tremble

[trem-buhl]
verb (used without object), trembled, trembling.
1.
to shake involuntarily with quick, short movements, as from fear, excitement, weakness, or cold; quake; quiver.
2.
to be troubled with fear or apprehension.
3.
(of things) to be affected with vibratory motion.
4.
to be tremulous, as light or sound: His voice trembled.
noun
5.
the act of trembling.
6.
a state or fit of trembling.
7.
trembles, (used with a singular verb)
a.
Pathology, milk sickness.
b.
Veterinary Pathology. a toxic condition of cattle and sheep caused by the eating of white snakeroot and characterized by muscular tremors.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English trem(b)len (v.) < Old French trembler < Vulgar Latin *tremulāre, derivative of Latin tremulus tremulous

tremblingly, adverb
untrembling, adjective
untremblingly, adverb


1. shudder. See shake. 3. oscillate.
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tremble (ˈtrɛmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to vibrate with short slight movements; quiver
2.  to shake involuntarily, as with cold or fear; shiver
3.  to experience fear or anxiety
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of trembling
 
[C14: from Old French trembler, from Medieval Latin tremulāre, from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to quake]
 
'trembling
 
adj
 
'tremblingly
 
adv
 
'trembly
 
adj

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tremble
c.1300, "shake from fear, cold, etc.," from O.Fr. trembler "tremble, fear" (11c.), from V.L. *tremulare (cf. It. tremolare, Sp. temblar), from L. tremulus "trembling, tremulous," from tremere "to tremble, shiver, quake," from PIE *trem- "to tremble" (cf. Gk. tremein "to shiver, tremble," Lith. trimu
"to chase away," O.C.S. treso "to shake," Goth. þramstei "grasshopper"). A native word for this was O.E. bifian. The noun is recorded from 1609.
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Example sentences
They shiver and tremble and act out to the awful imperatives of mental illness.
Even he, however, might tremble at the thought of what he is about to do.
Most fascinating is a feature that would make any journalist tremble.
Playing for himself, he makes the opposition tremble in its spikes and put
  their sports psychologists on speed dial.
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